We landed in the dark, about 6 am this morning. The road leaving the airport is a tree-lined boulevard that is a hint of the lushness that follows. Our first view of the city was the giant ferris wheel and then we were in amongst the tall buildings, and there sure are a lot of those around here! We went on through downtown (note to self: it's called "the city" here) to our hotel on Orchard Road. We checked in, had breakfast, and started to explore. And that's when it hit me--this place really is a big huge Disney World. I imagine that's what everybody says, but it's such an apt comparison. And of course, it could be just this Orchard Road area, which is all hotel-y and shopping and beautified, but seriously. It's gorgeous. I understand why the MO didn't take more pictures. I didn't take many either, because you just can't capture the whole amazing feeling of it all.
Just about the time I'm getting over all the landscaping and fancy buildings, we head underground to cross a street and the jaw-dropping starts all over again. From the street you can see there are a lot of shops here, but talk about the tip of the iceberg! These malls don't just go up. They also go three or four levels down!
It's hot, yes, and you sweat, definitely yes, but if you can find some shade and a fan (at any eatery, and there are bazillions of those), or duck inside for some air conditionining ("aircon" here) you can get comfortable again fairly quickly. I can see a late afternoon shower before dinner becoming a habit, though.
The bad news today was from SingTel, when I found out that whoever the MO talked to at AT&T about using my iPhone over here was a lying liar. I feel so disconnected! The good news was we want to Din Tai Fung for dumplings and they were delicious. Food is definitely not going to be a problem!